DayBreaks for 06/21/09: The Certain Reality of Love
From the DayBreaks archives, June 2009:
They say that only death and taxes are certain. Well, there is some truth to that, but it’s not the whole truth. There are other things that are certain, too, whether everyone wants to admit them or not: God’s Word is sure and certain, Judgment Day is real and will certainly happen, God’s promises are certain. I’m sure that there are other things that are certain (they all have to do with God in some way or form – except for taxes, that is!) What has struck me recently (probably given the episode with Casper that I described in yesterday’s DayBreaks) is the certainty that if you love something, love will break your heart.
As I held Casper and watched him go limp in my arms and his eyes dilate, my heart was breaking. Why? This was only a dog, after all. But I love this scamp of a dog with all my heart. And it hurt to think I was going to hold him as he died and that he would be gone. I pleaded with him to come back, to not go away. Perhaps the reason he came back wasn’t because of my CPR, but because God heard my desperate plea not to take Casper away while he’s still such a young dog.
If you love another human, you better believe there will be hurt and pain and heartbreak. Vast loads of it. Cascading mountains of it. Not because we set out to hurt those we love – we just do it anyway through our thoughtlessness, our selfishness, our busted human nature. On the day I promised Laurel that I would love, honor and cherish her until death do us part, do you think for one moment that I ever intended to cause her so much pain in the years we’ve been married? Never! But the truth remains that I’ve caused her pain, my children pain, my friends pain, my co-workers pain…and my God pain.
I have sometimes wondered why God created love knowing it would be so painful. Eventually I came to the point of view that God didn’t actually create love because love existed before He created anything. It existed in His very own nature, and in the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So God didn’t have to create love – it always has been because He always has been. Perhaps that is also true of faith and hope, given the fact that Paul said that long after tongues and other things have passed away, three things will remain: faith, hope and love – with love being the greatest. All of those things, I believe, are as eternal as God Himself because they find their Source in Him. He is faithful, He hopes for His creation (including us), and He loves all He has made.
Nonetheless, as I contemplated the certainty of a broken heart because of love, I was drawn once more to the cross and the broken heart of God over our waywardness. If we feel pain so much over the possible loss of a dog, how much more does God feel pain as a result of things we, the objects of His love, do? Perhaps His pain over our sin is as infinite as His love.
Prayer: Lord, I am so sorry for all the pain I have caused You – the One who loves me more than anyone or anything else could possibly love me. Forgive me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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